Yet so many myths about differentiation abound. The myth that it always requires additional resources. The myth that it means planning three different lessons and trying to teach them simultaneously. And the myth that to differentiate effectively, you need to massively increase your workload.
Mike’s differentiation training puts these myths to bed and gives teachers a clear, unambiguous understanding of what differentiation is, how it works and what teachers can do to make effective differentiation a reality in their classrooms.
Building on the work that underpins his bestselling book, How to Use Differentiation in the Classroom: The Complete Guide, Mike presents a straightforward, easy-to-use definition of differentiation, alongside a clear explanation of what this means in practical terms.
One of the key points Mike emphasises in all his differentiation training, is that differentiation is never something we add onto a lesson, or something we inject into our planning. Rather, differentiation is about the choices teachers make during all three phases: planning, teaching and assessment.
So much effective differentiation is driven by how the teacher structures their lessons and how they then use themselves and their time in the classroom, while the lesson is in progress. That’s why effective differentiation encompasses other aspects of teaching and learning, such as questioning, feedback, scaffolding, modelling and the use of taxonomies.